SIG Sauer certainly didn’t waste its opportunity to show off its win of the Modular Handgun System contract at the 2017 Association of the United States Army annual meeting, bringing not XM17 MHS prototypes, but full-fledged M17 and M18 MHS production (or possibly pre-production) pistols to the show.
Rounding the corner to the SIG Sauer booth, AUSA showgoers were greeted by this angelic-looking display of the Army’s new handgun:
On the wall were six MHS pistols – three full size M17s and three M18 compacts. In slight contrast to the angelic display before, all of the guns I tried were reluctant to go into battery without a little help, although mechanical quirks like that are a common byproduct of deactivated exhibition firearms, which often have critical components removed or replaced with dummies. All the handguns evidently sported SIG’s MHS trigger module, which reportedly is being offered as a free upgrade to civilian P320 pistols as well, to rectify the much-horsewhipped drop safety issue that cropped up over the summer.
After so many failed Army programs, at least MHS appears to be alive and well, controversy around the P320 aside. It’s good to see production guns making their way into the public eye so soon, and hopefully into the hands of soldiers soon as well.